7/21/16 Geekfest


How many journalists does it take to cover a convention?

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

When asked if I was going to the conventions I answered: I wasn’t important enough.  To be honest, I made a strong case not to go.

Political conventions are crowded sea of humanity.  Security makes moving about difficult. Transportation is iffy, there are lines everywhere, food’s expensive, and it’s full of people who can be obnoxious.

Many of the 50,000 politicians, lobbyists and others in attendance believe they’re the most important people on the planet.

[Attendees are not just Americans involved in politics.  There are hundreds in attendance who are foreigners including foreign politicians.]

It’s not just the political types.  It’s everyone.

There are more than 15,000 journalists in Cleveland.  That’s nearly six times the number of delegates: 2500.  Just think. Every single delegate could have his own little posse of five journalists.  And there’d still be 3,000 left-over to tell stories at the hotel bar.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are legitimate reasons to cover the event.  But many journalists concede there’s not a whole lot of unique news-gathering going-on.  Conventions are highly-scripted productions and there are very few surprises.

Some reporters recognize there’s media overkill.  One magazine editor remarked it was “preposterous” how many journalists were in attendance.  It’s ironic that he made that observation while standing in the convention’s media row.

See?  I’m not as important as that guy.

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